Four years ago, Elon Musk, the brash, outspoken Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strolled into South Texas for the groundbreaking of a site for SpaceX, his private rocket company. Joining Mr Musk was representative Filemon Vela, D-Texas, and Rick Perry, who was governor of Texas at the time and is now Donald Trump’s energy secretary. On that windy September day, the trio smiled and dug shovels into a mound of dirt in front of a large sign reading: “Future home of SpaceX’s South Texas launchpad.” Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial The rural tract of land that was supposed to be home to a commercial spaceport now stands in the path of Mr Trump’s border wall. Mr Musk is just one of the potentially hundreds of private landowners in Texas who would be disrupted by the president’s desire to build a “big, beautiful” wall. The… Read full this story
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